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‘Leon Reid IV’s 3D-Print Poetry’ – Ex Graffiti Artist Combines 3D Printing & Poetry – Coming to MakerBot Store

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3D Printing has been enabling artists to use their imaginations to create things that were not possible just 5 years ago. With the advent of desktop 3D printers, designers, hobbyists and artists now have yet another avenue to let their creative abilities loose on. While the technology has only been available to the masses for a few years, artists across the globe have already come up with creative and unique ideas that have been absolutely breath taking to look at.  What happens though, when text and 3D printed art collide?

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Leon Reid IV is an ex graffiti artist, who as a teen went by the tag “VERBS”. Over the years he has used his artistic abilities to create works of art using anything from aerosol paint to steel, and now 3D printing. His latest artistic project is one which, as far as we can tell, has never been attempted before. ‘Leon Reid IV’s 3D-Print Poetry’ is a work that Reid has come up with to bring his poetry into the physical world. Reid, while writing his poetry, imagines the 3D printer as a living object, and personifies the 3D printer itself, while allowing readers of the poetry to create an emotional based connection with it.

reid2“Connecting with a 3D printed object that one created is not unusual,” explained Reid. “Connecting with the printer itself, however, is something new and exciting for any poet, artist or 3D printing enthusiast.”

On August 28, from 7:30-9:00pm, Reid will be showcasing his 3D printed poetry at the MakerBot store, on Mulberry Street in New York. Attendees at the event will be able to see first hand as a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer 3D prints Reid’s poetic art right in front of them. “Leon Reid IV’s 3D-Print Poetry” is a series of lyrics, haikus, statements, and verses that both MakerBot and Reid are keeping under wraps until this much awaited premiere.

The MakerBot store will have a display set up showcasing Reid’s poetry from the launch event on August 28, until September 28. If you want to reserve a spot for the premiers event, you can contact MakerBot. Take a look at a video depicting some of Reid’s 3D printed poetry below:

Without a doubt, this will be one intriguing exhibit. It should be interesting to see exactly what it entails, and if the poetry actually speaks as if it is the 3D printer talking to the readers, or if Reid uses another artistic method to surpise us. What do you think? Will you be attending this event? Discuss in the 3D-Print Poetry forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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